Royal Brackla SMWS 55.38 “Flaming Red Wine Punch”

Thanks to Tim for this sample! A quick side note: Right now I’m attempting a few things. My wife went through my samples and made an advent calendar for me to do during December. I’ve amassed four whiskies for my birthday. Oh and I said I’d at least review (not post) enough Irish whiskies to have 100 reviews of them. However every so often a… Continue reading Royal Brackla SMWS 55.38 “Flaming Red Wine Punch”

Lohin McKinnon Wine Barrel & Chocolate Malt & Peated Malt

Thank you to the Toronto Whisky Society and Lohin McKinnon for giving me the chance to try out these offerings. All of the below are my own thoughts, opinions, and have not been influenced by the dump truck filled with money that I’m sure is coming my way. Oh, there isn’t one of them? I guess I’ll just have to keep on being a reviewer… Continue reading Lohin McKinnon Wine Barrel & Chocolate Malt & Peated Malt

Bruichladdich Warehouse Experience

After Lagavulin, we ate a lovely lunch at the Islay Hotel, where we ended up getting seated beside and chatting with an Australian that had made the trip to Islay on his own. Happily full and ready to go, we were off on the 40-minute drive to Bruichladdich. As this was my wife’s first time driving on this trip, I was understandably nervous and sober … Continue reading Bruichladdich Warehouse Experience

Bruichladdich Octomore 08.2

Thanks to /u/throzen for pouring a sample of this for me. A long time ago (by whisky standards, not by, you know, adult standards), the Island known as Islay (which means Island in Gaelic, thus being redundant) decided they needed to know who was the peatiest whisky. Some of the distilleries ignored this call to action, as let’s be honest, while it’s funny, it’s also a dick… Continue reading Bruichladdich Octomore 08.2

Teeling 21 Vintage Reserve – Silver Bottling & Teeling 26 1987 Gold Reserve

Thanks to /u/boyd86 for the sample of Teeling 21. Teeling was established recently. Very recently. And is currently running their three stills quite hard, using innovative casks, and overall being impressive. However, the question most usually have is this: “How in the heck do they have older releases?” They source their whisky. That’s really the only answer. From where? No official statement. It is from an Irish… Continue reading Teeling 21 Vintage Reserve – Silver Bottling & Teeling 26 1987 Gold Reserve

Bruichladdich 20 1992 Micro-Provenance Single Cask 017 Chateau d’Yquem Cask

Thanks to /u/throzen for sharing a dram of this one with me. I’ve said it before, and I’ve said it again: Sauternes casks are not something I actively hunt for, as I feel the best ones I’ve had were given a long time in the cask, and previously given a long time in an ex-bourbon cask. That’s expensive. Let’s be honest, you don’t know if the… Continue reading Bruichladdich 20 1992 Micro-Provenance Single Cask 017 Chateau d’Yquem Cask